I have often mentioned that I subscribe to the belief that our food should be our nourishment as well as our medicine. And I know this is a COOKING blog, but our “regularity” is very much a part of cooking and eating, particularly for our well-being. It is recommended and advisable to “go to the bathroom” as many times as you eat… meaning that if you had breakfast, lunch and dinner, at least you should have gone to the bathroom to eliminate 3 times in one day. If you are going fewer times than the amount of meals in a day, you’re considered constipated.
A way to help keep your regularity, while ingesting healthy foods, is by drinking laxative fruit juices… juices made from scratch, preferably without any sweeteners and with as little water as possible. If you have a juicer is even better. My kitchen is too small, so I do it in a blender, which most of you probably have already at home.
My potion is Kiwi Juice. Thank God, I do not have regularity issues, but when I want to “clean my digestive system”, this is the way I do it…
6-8 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut in quarters About 1 cup of water
Kiwi juice usually scratches your throat so to minimize this, I try to use only seedless pulp for the juice. If you do not mind the scratchiness, then go ahead and use the pulp whole.
- Place the kiwi pulp in the blender…
- I do it 2 ways… if you do not mind the seeds – cut the kiwi in half and squeeze the pulp out into the blender jar. You’ll be left with only the skin in your hand. If you want to eliminate the seeds – cut both ends of the kiwi fruit. Using a serrated vegetable peeler, peel away the skin. Using now a paring knife, cut the kiwi in half and cut carefully around the seeds, trying to avoid them as much as possible. Then dump into the blender jar.
- Add water and blend well.
- Drink it as quickly as possible in one sitting.
Other people I know use apple juice, pear juice or even melon juice… I also swear by coconut water. I’ll tell you about it some other time. But the key here, to use this as a juice therapy is to extract the juice pure and drink it immediately. This is not the type of juice you water down or keep in the fridge for days. For it to work, you do it in the moment.
Good luck and I wish you a very regular day… everyday.